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Welcome to Boy Scout Troop 87! 

Whether you are crossing over from Webelos Scouts, transferring from another Boy Scout troop, or entering Scouting for the first time, the experience you are about to embark upon has the potential to be one of the most memorable and rewarding of your lifetime.  And, what’s really unique about this program is that it is led by the boys themselves! 

Troop 87 has a robust program with a very wide variety of activities available to the Scouts.  The troop has a campout almost every month of the year.  One month the troop may be rock climbing and rappelling; another month they may be snow skiing; on other campouts the focus may be on basic Scout skills such as first aid, knot tying, cooking, or fire building.  Frequently our program also includes, at some point in the year, activities focused on shooting sports, wilderness survival, and leadership development.  The activities on the schedule each year depend on what the boys decide to include in their program. 

Summer time offers some even more exciting opportunities.  Typically we organize one or two summer camps for young Scouts and upcoming Eagles alike. For older Scouts (14 and up), high adventure trips are organized that might involve backpacking, sailing, scuba diving, white water rafting, or canoeing.  These are high-octane events that challenge the Scouts both physically and mentally while producing life-long memories! 

Fundamental to the structure of the program is the concept that the troop is boy-led.  This does not mean that the boys are in charge and whatever happens just happens.  Rather, consistent with the original intent of Baden Powell, the founder of the worldwide Scouting movement, it means that the boys lead the troop under the direction of an adult leader.  When the first Scout units were established, Baden Powel observed:  “We then made the discovery that boys, when trusted and relied on, were just as capable and reliable as men.”  At Troop 87, we fully endorse the boy-led concept and are committed to supporting the boy leadership so that they may be successful and effective in their efforts. 

For those who want to enhance their leadership skills even more, Boys Scouts of America (BSA) offers additional leadership training opportunities including National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and Brownsea, offered locally, and National Advanced Youth Leadership Training Experience (NAYLE) at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.  These two programs provide world-class leadership training delivered in an outdoor setting. 

Parent involvement is an integral part of the Scouting program and key to the success of our troop.  We cannot do this program without the support and active participation of all parents.  We encourage the parents of our Scouts to become involved either on the organization and administration side through participation on our Troop Committee, or as Assistant Scoutmasters working directly with the boys in the program.  

We are excited that you have decided to join the Boy Scouts and in particular Troop 87.  We look forward to working with you and we know you are in for the experience of a lifetime! 

Please feel free to contact us anytime you have questions or need additional information,

 

Scoutmaster

Bob Goodman

 

 

 

 

North Andover Tree Lighting Service Hours

Posted by ccuster on Nov 22 2019 - 8:34am

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The North Andover Festival Commitee is looking for scouts to assist with the clean up after the Tree Lighting Festival on December 1st. Festival concludes at 6PM.

North Andover Merit Badge College 2020 - Save the Dates!

Posted by ccuster on Nov 19 2019 - 1:17pm

North Andover Merit Badge College 2020 

Our 7th consecutive year!

NEBC - February Vacation Lifeguard Training

Posted by ccuster on Nov 19 2019 - 1:04pm

Are you interested in training as a Lifeguard?

New England Base Camp "BSA Lifeguard Training Camp"- February Vacation

February 17th-21st 2020

Congratulations Akshay Godhani - Eagle Scout !

Posted by ccuster on Aug 6 2019 - 7:44pm

AkshayAkshay Project Box

North Andover Farmer's Market August 25

Posted by ccuster on Aug 6 2019 - 7:17pm
Volunteers Needed: Slush Stand and Market Set Up/ Break Down Sunday, August 25th !
 
The North Andover Farmer’s Market supplies us with a 10x10 tent, tables, sandwich board signs, and a cash box (with starting change). The slush and supplies are already ordered. We bring volunteers to help setup and breakdown the market, and to staff our slush tent. At the end of the market, we pay the slush vendor from the cash box (each large bucket is approx $28) and keep the profits. We do not pay for unopened containers. We are also free to sell other items (T-shirt, swag, other food/drinks.) The most successful group raised $540 last year! 

Volunteers can sign up for a shift here:
 
 
Set up and Break down volunteers are Service Hours:   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM Set up; 2:00PM - 3:00PM Close Down
Other shifts are Fundraising - One hour shifts
 
Sign up for shifts through the link provided above 
 
Please note in our Troop website, which shift you are taking and whether a Service hour or Fundraising

 

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